Throughout his stellar career, James Harden has shown how good he is when competing during games. His very impressive skill set that includes the ability to score from almost anywhere, coupled with excellent handles, have made him a nightmare matchup for his defenders. The Houston Rockets superstar once again showcased that on Wednesday against the L.A. Clippers in what can be considered one of the most disrespectful moves this season.
During the first half, the Houston Rockets star guard found himself on a single coverage with Wesley Johnson fronting him. Knowing that he can beat Johnson off the dribble, Harden made his move before pulling off a wicked between-the-legs dribble and stepping back for an open 3-pointer.
However, before even taking the shot, he paused and stared Johnson down first, to the delight of his teammates on the bench.
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Should the Rockets go on and win on the night, it will improve their record to 48-13 for the season and strengthen their hold on first place in the Western Conference. It will certainly be an interesting race for the top spot now that the season is in its stretch run, and with the Golden State Warriors breathing down their necks.
That single moment from Harden perfectly sums up his season. After years of settling as runner-up, the Rockets’ shooting guard appears primed to finally take home his first ever MVP award. By the looks of it too, this might be the first of many more to come if Houston continues with their winning ways.